Educational by Chapter of the Powered Paragliding Bible

I: First Flight

01 Training Process

02 Gearing Up

03 Handling the Wing

04 Prep For 1st Flight

05 The Flight

06 Flying With Wheels 

II: Spreading Wings

07 Weather Basics

08 The Law

09 Airspace   

10 Flying Anywhere

11 Controlled Airports

12 Setup & Mx

13 Flying Cross Country

14 Flying With Others

III: Mastery

15 Adv Ground Handling

16 Precision Flying

17 Challenging Sites

18 Advanced Maneuvers

19 Risk Management

20 Competition

21 Free Flight Transition

IV: Theory

22 Aerodynamics

23 Motor & Propeller

24 Weather & Wind

25 Roots: Our History

V: Choosing Gear

26 The Wing

27 The Motor Unit

28 Accessories

29 Home Building

VI: Getting the Most

30 Other Uses

31 Traveling With Gear

32 Photography

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33 Organizing Fly-Ins

34 Places To Fly

35 Preserving the Sport

36 Tandem

Chapter 6: PPG Variety On Wheels

Jan 4, 2007 | Section I

What flavors we have to choose from!

I've flown most types of wheeled craft but not this one, pictured right. When foot launched, it's among the stranger craft. When foot luanched, the Airgate articulates such that the pilot launches with the motor upright but then mechanically moves it so he's reclined in flight. On the trike, it appears it just stays in the reclined configuration. Interesting.

Sexy Wheels

The Russians are coming and what they're coming up with takes my prize for the coolest looking machine. Now all it needs is heat. Go here for more.

Can you imagine that? An enclosed PPG cart with heat. Then having this much pizazz--northern pilots would slurp them up like ice cream. Put zippered vinyl sides, have the brake toggles go through a hole using pullies and the steering go through booted enclosures. Add an exhaust muff with slipstream forced air heat routed to the enclosure's windshield for both cabin heat and defrost.

Build me one of those and I'll plunk down for my first wheeled PPG.

1. Airgate trike pilot readies for takeoff. Photo by Richard Shelton.

2. Here is the coolest wheeled PPG I've yet seen. Kudos on the Russians for creating it.

© 2016 Jeff Goin & Tim Kaiser   Remember: If there's air there, it should be flown in!